If today’s morning practice was a little more laid back, the afternoon practice was almost relaxed. Very little went beyond half speed, as most everything was about determining assignments and formations for Saturday’s game. Lots of activity for the scout team offense and defense, and only a very few things stood out at all.
- Malcolm Kelly was able to participate in practice … sort of. While everyone else participated in (or watched) special teams, the quarterbacks practiced precision passing — hitting the corner of the end zone, for example. Kelly stood in the corner of the end zone with his arms out, and the QBs dropped passes into them. Not exactly running at full speed (or even moving at all), but it was good to see him able to contribute in some way. Also, he had managed to find his own shorts, and not wearing Rock Cartwright’s clothing seemed to make him happy.
- Both punters were really booming the ball during the special teams drills and practices. This week is reportedly going to be an all Durant Brooks game, and he really seemed to be getting some leg into the ball today.
- Fred Smoot was amusing himself on the sideline by singing Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart“. “It’s a good song,” Smoot said, somewhat unconvincingly. “What can I say, I’m a cultured guy!”
- H.B. Blades was back out on the field, although not fully participating yet. “I’m not completely back yet,” he said. “I’m just taking steps to get where I need to be.”
- The final huddle broke to cheers and general enthusiasm, as the guys took off to check out of the hotel and get back to their houses. Just about everyone I talked to cited “sleeping in my own bed” as the thing they were most looking forward to, although Marcus Mason mentioned “watching TV in HD” as a positive. “They’ve got these nice HD TVs, but they don’t get real HD.” (It’s something I also noticed when I was at the NCC, and it would’ve driven me insane if I’d lived there for this long.) And Jason Campbell just wanted to go get dinner somewhere. “I used to really like Benihana,” he said, “but I’m not sure what I’ll want tonight.”